Involuntary Mental Health Commitments
(940) 349-2729 (Office)
All filings must be submitted to our intake team at MHDAInkate@DentonCounty.com
If you are looking for emergency services for your loved one who may not be willing to seek treatment voluntarily, please contact 911 and request a Mental Health Evaluation to let them know your loved one is in a mental health crisis or contact Denton County Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) Psychiatric Triage at: (940) 381-9965 Located at: 2509 Scripture Street, Suite 100, Denton, Texas 76201. Map If you are going to be taking your loved one to Psych Triage yourself, please look for Medical Bld. 5 as the signage is small and can be difficult to see. Or you can contact the Denton County MHMR Crisis Hotline at: 1-800-762-0157. You may also visit the Denton County MHMR Website.
The Denton County Mental Health Court – a division of the Statutory Denton County Probate Court – handles all involuntary mental health commitments for residents of Denton County. All commitments done by this court are placed at The North Texas State Hospital, Wichita Falls Campus. Family members may pursue placement at a private facility. However, a bed letter from that facility must be submitted to the Court prior to any hearing for the patient to be ordered to a private facility.
All applications must be submitted to the Denton County District Attorney's Office via the email above. The application process begins with the application packet. This packet consists of the Filing Instructions on how to fill out the revised forms, the Application for Mental Health Services, the Certificate of Medical Examination, and if needed an Affidavit of Indigence. All forms submitted to the District Attorney’s Office must be legible. Therefore the links to these forms are provided below in a PDF fillable format and must be typed. Should you have any questions about the forms or how to file, please contact Jessica Flemming.
The first part of the Application Packet is the Filing Instruction on how to fill out the second and third portion of the Application packet.
The second portion of the packet is the Application for Mental Health Services. This must be filled out in as much detail as possible. The more information given, the more likely the Application will be approved. There are two pages that must be notarized.
The third portion of the packet is the Certificate of Medical Examination. This must be completed by a Physician no later than three days before the Application is submitted to the court. Without the Certificate of Medical Examination the Application will be denied.
The final part of the application packet is the Affidavit of Indigence. There is a $250.00 filing fee associated with all Mental Health cases. If the proposed patient is an adult and cannot afford the fees, this affidavit may be filled out, notarized and submitted to the court before a ruling is made on the Application. If granted, all fees are waived.
You must submit the completed Application for Mental Health Services and Certificate of Medical Examination to the District Attorney's Office via the filing email above.